EL CAJON, Calif. – After rain shifted the game from Friday to Monday, San Diego Christian was able to take the rubber match of the three-game series between Vanguard University 6-3 behind strong pitching from starter Nick Greene.
Greene went 7.2 innings scattering nine hits while giving up three runs and striking out four. The win is Greene's second of the season.
Greene (2-1) was pulled in the eighth after allowing two singles. David Johnson took control and retired all four batters he faced including striking out the side in the ninth for his first save of the season.
The Hawks struck first and early. After a leadoff single from Richard Aguirre, Chad Erickson tripled to right center to give San Diego Christian a 1-0 advantage. Garrison McLagan then singled to bring home Erickson. Peter Hoyt added a double with two outs and brought home McLagan to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead after the first.
Vanguard was able to cut the lead to two when shortstop Bryce Arroyo singled through the right side scoring the speedy leadoff man Jason Ochart. Ochart singled and stole a base before scoring on the Arroyo single. Greene was able to get Ellis Whitman to pop up to short to end the inning.
Greene then retired nine straight Lions.
Hoyt came up big for San Diego Christian in the fifth and added insurance runs. He singled up the middle and scored a pair of Hawks padding the lead to make it 5-1. Hoyt finished with two hits and three RBI. Erickson also added two hits with one RBI and two runs.
The Lions added two runs in the seventh but it wasn't enough as they fell to 8-8 on the season and are 3-8 in GSAC play. The Hawks improved to 13-6 overall and 6-6 in conference.
San Diego Christian is back in action Tuesday as they face Bethesda University. First pitch is scheduled for noon.